Disney has released new images of the stars behind the paws of the highly-anticipated The Lion King reboot.
The reimagining of the 1994 smash-hit has long-time fans waiting with bated breath, but the latest tease has seen some much needed comic relief coming out of the woodworks.
The dramatic images feature the stars photographed face to face with their feline and assorted animal counterparts.
Out of the star-studded cast, online fans have of course zeroed in on Beyonce’s role and shared some hilarious interpretations of the highly charged image.
This looks like they’re about to drop a power ballad about the same lion cheating on them pic.twitter.com/ytUzRIgcqA
— Marc (@MarcSnetiker) July 2, 2019
Others saw a brand new creative opportunity being squandered.
— Steven Davies (@filmcafeSteve) July 2, 2019
Others weren’t buying Nala’s chill attitude when confronted with the queen of pop herself.
I can hear Nala saying “BEYONCÉ??!!!” Through this pic! WOW! pic.twitter.com/iu6FiuUokj
— july 2nd🥳♋️🎊🎈🎁🎉 (@AiryneeJ_) July 2, 2019
The cast lineup
The rest of the cast also had people talking, with names from Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) to Seth Rogan, to the original voice of Mufasa, James Earl Jones, reprising the gravelly gravitas of the 1994 original.
The effects behind the animation are being praised for their hyper realistic recreation of the animals, as the movie comes to life in the kind of special effect technology that has only just been achieved.
Big shoes to fill
The film follows in its predecessors steps.
The original film boasted Matthew Broderick as Simba, Moira Kelly as Nala and Jeremy Irons as Scar, and was its year’s second highest grossing film.
The story was later translated to a Broadway musical directed by Julie Taymor. The musical debuted in 1997 and continues to run in New York and around the world in various other road productions.
The first trailer for The Lion King, which debuted Thanksgiving weekend in 2018, was viewed some 225 million times in the first 24 hours of its release.
The Lion King debuts on 19 July, the 25th anniversary of the original film.
Reporting by Penny Burfitt, Yahoo Lifestyle AU